Two directors from Russia are bringing their films to Cannes this year. One, Andrey Zviagintsev, will be competing, while the other, Sergei Loznitsa, will get to show his film in one of the special, non-competitive sections.
One of the films that’s being talked about in anticipation of the Cannes Festival’s launch next week year is Zviagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which could take home some Cannes gold; film is solidly ensconced in the competition lineup and there’s some buzz about the film being one among the top five favorites.
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THE LATEST – “Leviathan” is being worked on by Windmill Lane Pictures colorist Dave Hughes in collaboration with director of photography Mikhail Krichman and Zviagintsev himself.
Hughes is mastering the final look for the film. Tim Morris and Sandi McGrath are supervising the 4K Digital Intermediate at Windmill Lane in conjunction with the Russian producers and Moscow facilities. Windmill Lane will be delivering a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package) for screening at Cannes, a first for the Dublin based company.
A 4K DCP is four times the resolution of the standard-issue 2K. Its resolution is a massive 4096 x 2160 pixels and provides outstanding clarity and color saturation when projected on a large screen, such as the one in the Lumière theatre.
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Elena,” “The Return”), “Leviathan” stars Aleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov and is set on a peninsula by the Barents Sea. The film is based on the Old Testament tale of Leviathan, the mythological sea monster killed by God and fed to the Jews in the wilderness. Melding together biblical drama with social themes affecting contemporary Russia.
The screenplay is a modern reworking of the ‘Book of Job’, produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Ukraine’s most well-known producer and past collaborator of Fedor Bondarchuk.
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Rodnyansky has been heard discussing the film, and commented to the effect that, “Leviathan” deals with some of the most important social issues of contemporary Russia, but avoids turning into an artist’s pronouncement on the day’s big social issue. It is a story of love and tragedy experienced by ordinary people.
Zvyagintsev’s debut film, “The Return,” (2003) made a name for itself on the film festival circuit and was awarded Venice’s Golden Lion. His second film, The Banishment (2007) was in the competition series in Cannes and “Elena,” his third film, received the Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard program in 2011.
Sergei Loznitsa’s “Maidan,” a documentary about the crisis in Ukraine will be screened during this year’s festival. The documentary filmmaker has twice been nominated for an award at Cannes. His film “My Joy” competed in the main series in 2010 while “In the Fog” was shortlisted for a Palme d’Or in 2012.
WATCH: Trailer for Sergei Loznitsa’s “Maidan” (French subtitles)